Tuesday, December 23, 2008

So one of my favorite sites - Kotaku - had a contest recently:

Be A Kotaku Editor For A Day: The Contest

The gist is you send in three articles you hate and three articles you loved and explain why. The prize? A pile of gaming swag (awesome) and the chance to be a Kotaku editor for the day. Write some articles (with byline), participate in a podcast and generally be awesome. This was a great idea, so yesterday I scoured their site and sent my response designed to look like their reviews. I thought it was great, today I find out the finalists were picked at RANDOM!! Random, seriously, why not just ask people to say ME! in the comments and pick them randomly. Sigh...I am pretty bitter as I liked my submission...here it is for your perusal.

Hello Kotaku editors! This is a great idea for a contest; I have to admit I am more excited about the editor for a day aspect then the swag itself...though I will gladly take the swag!

I have long wanted to be in the gaming industry, in fact I write for the blogcritics gaming section and participate in the official gaming podcast weekly on blogtalk radio so this contest is a dream come true.

Without further ado, here is my list!

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Favorites:

Prince Of Persia Review: Like Sands Through The Hourglass

Loved:

Don't follow the pack: The writer looked at the game as a fresh experience and was not basing his review on previous games and their style. He looked at the experience as just that, yes it was easy, yes there was some repetitiveness but the overall experience was wonderful.

Just right: The review was a great length and touched on most of the main strengths and weaknesses of the game. The writing style is great as well, Fahey mixes words well and uses game lingo in the review effectively.

Great format: I am a fan of Kotaku's review style and in this case I found it worked better then normal. The loved sections were relevant and the summary gave you a great idea of what the game is all about

Guitar Hero: World Tour KFC Fully Loaded Box Meal Unboxing, Impressions

Loved:

Hilarious: Writing an article about a KFC meal...and actually subjecting yourself to eating it? Priceless! Very similar to reviewing a crappy game, you have to suffer for your craft.

Great format: Writing this as if it were a proper review/impression made this article that much more enjoyable. I laughed out loud while reading this and that is rare for me.

Pictures are worth a thousand words: The pictures added a great deal to the article, the last shot especially turned my stomach which reinforced the hardships McWhertor had to endure.

Lips Review: Kinda Puckered Up

Loved:

Effective review: Luke has a knack for writing fairly brief points that show the positive and negative points effectively. The 'It doesn't work' sections were clear enough to let you know that this is a promising game that is broken.

Funny: From terms like Puckered up to taking about the game like it is an entity this review was humorous, but not in a try to hard way.

Learning is good: Though the review was brief it gave all the key features in an easy to follow manner. Learning about the interface, media centre connectivity and feature-sets was enjoyable.

Not so Favorites:

Skitching, Tasing and Water Bottles in Skate 2

Hated:

Is this a Thesis?: AJ is newish to the Kotaku tower and she sometimes doesn't realize that brevity and clarity sometimes are better then length. This is an impression of the Skate 2 game and its depth is to the analytical level. I glazed over at times when reading this article and it did not keep my attention.

Inconsistent language: At times professional and correct, at others write-speak style text. The changes in tone throughout the article left me re-reading certain sections.

So...yay or nay?: By the end of the article all I know is that Skate 2 delivers speed in spades. Not sure if AJ really enjoyed it or not. The article was more a liveblog of a demo then a hands on impression. I just felt that nothing was accomplished by this article

This Is What Atlus USA Looks Like

Hated:

Wow a Slideshow: While the pictures where nice was there any point to this article? Kotaku originals should be a step above typical gaming sites...this was an excuse to show a few pictures with no purpose

Is this my Blog?: No offense, but this is the kind of lame thing I would put on My Blog, seriously, I have no press access so I just put pictures and links up plus my own experiences. Kotaku deserves better then this brief and generally useless 'article'.

What's the point?: Apologizing for blurry pictures? Teasing a Persona 4 article? Was there an article quota and the normally great Fahey had to submit something? This would have been a great footnote in the Persona 4 article, otherwise it was just filler and uninteresting at that.

The PS3 Wireless Keypad, In My Cold, Cold Hands

Hated:

It's Good! Or is it?: I might be shooting myself in the foot in the contest by saying this, but even though this is an impression and not a review, a proper impression would be nice. Quite frankly I am not sure why this wasn't labeled a review, you have the keypad, you tried it, yet still there is no definitive opinion on it.

Re-read or Die!: Repeats of phrases, sentence fragments and awkward writing (sorry Crecente!). This article seemed to be a quick throw together and was not to Brian Crecentes usual high standards. A thorough re-read would have brought some of the weak areas to the writer's attention.

You tried it...right?: No impressions of in-game testing, messaging or even userid name changes. A hands on impression shouldn't just be 'I put my hands on it'. A lot of us would love to know if it is a useful device and trust Kotakus opinion. This article should have offered much more but took a shortcut.

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So there it is, I hope I don't anger anyone...just being honest! =-) Have a great day and I really hope I hear that I am a finalist so I can show an example of my writing.

Michael Prince
http://blogcritics.org/writer/michael_prince

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Now that is just a crying shame. Sales figures announced show LittleBigPlanet had only 360,000 or so copies sold in Oct/Nov and the amazing/beautiful/fun title Valkyria Chrnicles only sold a heartbreaking 33,000 units.

LittleBigPlanet suffered from it's hype, it is a niche title at heart that was plagued with delays, controversy and mishandled moderation of levels. People who have it, love to play it, people who don't have it are sick of hearing about it. Valkyria Chronicles though...it is a disservice to a great game. More people need to get this and spread the word.

What the Fuck is Gambit doing in the Wolverine Origins movie? Seriously, is Gambit even a serious player in the X-Men universe anymore? Continuity wise it makes no freaking sense. The rest of it looks pretty decent, Liev Schrieber does not look like a Sabretooth at all....I guess I will need to decide when I watch it.

It is a really exciting first look at the new movie and I will definitely watch it day one, just pray to God Gambit gets killed....I know he won't, but I can dream.

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE HD

Monday, December 15, 2008

So the Spike VGA awards were last night. While I wasn't really interested in watching the show, I was really eager to see three big reveals.

God of War III



Looks great, man does it ever look great, gloves look seriously badass and the moves look even more over the top then ever before. really, really short and no story insight. I need more to decide if it will top the outstanding God of war II

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves




Hell Yeah!! No gameplay whatsoever, but the charm is still there and the real time graphics are better then ever. I hope we get to see some gameplay soon. This is my most anticipated game of 2009 (after FFXIII that is). I played Uncharted 3 times and would play it again.

Brutal Legend



Woot! Cannot wait for this game as well. I was worried through the beginning that this was going to be simply a one-liner filled appearance by jack Black (a la Apocalypse with Bruce Willis). But the end where he confronts the demon nun (kinda sexy though) I was laughing. Still not sure how the gameplay really plays out, but it is Tim Shaffer so I am all over it.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Glee!



I am a huge Street Fighter fan and am still greatly enjoying LittleBigPlanet. I will have a tough time resisting these sackboy costumes...especially this one:

Friday, December 05, 2008

Oh.my.God.



Coming to the PSN in the new Year, Site will launch here.
Coolest.Ad.Ever



Wish they had a Bruce Lee branded qwerty smartphone in the European/North American market...it would be the answer to all my dreams on a new phone solution.

Monday, December 01, 2008

So Black Friday. For whatever reason Canada does not have an equivalent this wonderful shopping day...BUT we do have access to online retailers and I do so happen to have a US shipping address!

Looked at the Amazon sales and instead of getting newer stuff for a slight discount, I instead grabbed:

Too Human for 19.99
Viking: Battle for Asgard for 14.99
Nyko Charge Base PS3 for 9.95

Nothing groundbreaking, but the two games were ones I wanted to play, but didn't want to pay anywhere near full pop or be constrained by renting (I like to own games).

Looking forward to taking Too Human for a spin, I like Diablo hack and slash style games and I did enjoy the demo.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

GLEE!

After what feels like years of waiting Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is being released TODAY!!!!!



I cannot say enough how excited I am about this game. This version (the original) is the first Street Fighter I REALLY played. I must have dropped 100's of dollars on the arcade machines...until near the end of my SF career when I was unbeatable as Fei Long or Chun Li. Seriously, 1 quarter I would last 20-30 matches...many people were VERY upset with me.

I eventually left the game for Mortal Kombat 2, but this game is near and dear to my heart and I will be playing this to DEATH.

-1080p HD graphics hand drawn by Udon
-ONLINE Play!!!
-original and rebalanced play modes
-option to use old 80's animation (meh)

Yeah, I will play some single player to relearn my skills, then online I go...look me up for a match
PSN ID - Jer1ch0

Monday, November 24, 2008

Music I like!

So I have mentioned in the past that I am a huge Prince fan. While he is drinking the Jehovah Witness kool-aid and becoming slightly nuts I still believe he is one of the greatest (if not greatest) musical artists alive.

Having sad that, I also love many other types of music, techno, electronica and ambient among them. Recently I posted a trailer for the new Prince of Persia game and I had no idea who sang the song...but I was smitten by it.

Driving home the other day I heard the song (Breathe Me)on the Ambient Techno XM radio channel Chill. Clicking the info button I saw the artist name was Sia...MINE!



I have the album in question now (Colour the Small One)now and want her other stuff...badly. Her mixing of electronica tracks and amazing voice evoke emotions and inspiration in me. Do yourself a favour and buy some of her music...you won't regret it.

Oh and Sia if you ever read this...I forgive you for your awful website! ;-)

Friday, November 21, 2008



Saw Quantum of Solace last night...let me give you a 10 second review:

It is SHIT, do not see this movie.

Alright...done...Ok, you know I am never done. I was going to write a blogcritics review about the movie, but they have a 200 word minimum and I am way below that...and I have no interest in writing one of my detailed reviews for this movie...point form it is then.
  • Action scenes were horribly, sorry, ABSOLUTELY horribly filmed. You could not make out anything that happened...EVER.
  • Story was incomprehensible. I am a pretty intelligent person, but this story was muddled, vacant, shallow and pointless.
  • The Bond girls where very 1 dimensional, Olga nice with some good moments, Fields...Fing useless.
  • The big bads (the general and Greene) were idiotic and useless.
  • The action sequences where horrible
  • The opening song and title sequence where absolutely horribly annoying.
This movie wasted huge opportunities, it is stylish, beautiful (at times) but the director absolutely ruined it.

I am done.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

has everyone heard all the news about how the Entertainment Software ratings Board (ESRB) has decided that they will protect consumers? Eschewing the very widely accepted policy (from Movies and other ratings board) of posting the general details (violence, nudity, etc.) the ESRB is taking the psycho Mom approach:


Fallout 3

Platform: Windows PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Rating: Mature

Content descriptors: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs

Rating summary: Fallout 3 is a action role-playing game set in the barren wasteland of a post-apocalyptic society. Players assume the role of a resident of an underground complex who emerges from a vault to explore a wastleland universe through a series of quests/missions. Mission objectives sometimes involve exploring various caves, sewers, and subway tunnels, while other quests involve combat with human and mutant survivors. Fighting can be frenetic and intense, highlighted by various camera effects (e.g., slow motion, blurring, screen shakes) and depictions of realistic dismemberment with trails of red blood. In one scene, players enter a black-and-white virtual reality simulation in which they use a kitchen knife to kill household members and pets. Characters are sometimes seen consuming fictional drugs (e.g., "Buffout," "Jet," and "Mentats"), while the player can also use – with no visual depiction of consuming/administering – a narcotic called "psycho," which with repeated uses leads to addiction. A screen-blurring effect indicates the state of characters' intoxication and the need to use the narcotic to fend off various side effects. Several of the characters are prostitutes and the details of their sexual activities are mildly insinuated (e.g., "You got the cash I got the time…I take care of men around here."). Strong profanity can also be heard throughout the game (e.g., "f*ck," "a*shole," and "sh*t").

Umm, what? The abbreviated swear words are ridiculous and actually make the description not safe for kids to read. The description is also inconsistent and in the case of drug use differentiates differences between using one over the other as far as addiction goes(and that is false).

Who wrote these? Not the developer certainly, did a parents group watch someone play for an hour and write this nonsense? Is it a scare tactic similar to cigarette packs? Will this garbage be on game boxes?

Summaries sometimes contain spoilers, the Fallout 3 one had details on a cool scenario, the Resistance 2 reveals clear plot points as well.

People, we NEED to approach game ratings like movie ratings...G is everyone, PG is E-10, PG 13 is 10+ and R is M. The ESRB should scrap their system, adopt the movie rating system and all confusion would end...what they are doing right now is not accomplishing what they say they are trying to:

"The primary goal of our new rating summaries is to give further aid to parents in making informed game choices for their children. The summaries highlight content that factored into to the rating assignment, and the intent is always to have them do so without needlessly revealing spoilers."

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Played a couple of matches of Left 4 Dead with some buddies last night. This game has been heavily hyped and everyone who plays it seems to love it.

For myself I give it a hearty meh! It is good to look at, heavy on the action, some cool features, but ultimately after playing through the demo level twice I found it very repetitive. I have not tried the 4 vs 4 co-op, which may make the game much more dynamic, but apparently you cannot play the whole game this way.

Some cool stuff I did see though:
-Teamwork is pretty cool, you need to help, revive, cover and stick together.
-Varied enemies, there are hunters, boomers, the witch and the regular horde zombies
-tense moments when many, many horde swarm your room
-coolness factor when fighting the elite infected.

Some stuff I didn't like
-Zombies that run...sigh, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) wrote an opinion piece on why zombies shouldn't run...and I agree.
-Seemed the seem, but it isn't, Left 4 Dead uses a Director system that dynamically spawns enemies and weapons, but it seemed mostly the same setup through multiple playthroughs
-Kind of bland.

All in all it is fun, not 60 dollars fun in this crowded marketplace, but worth a purchase in the future. If this was 30 dollar dlc for Half Life I would go for it, but as is I am not sold.

Monday, November 10, 2008

So I am in the Killzone 2 Beta and wowee is it fun. Had a few issues the first couple of attempts, but I finally got into a game and didn't leave for a few hours.

The first thing I noticed is that they emulate the leveling/reward system from recent major games, but make it their own. You can change your template or weapons as you get them. Much luck other games as well you have grenades, a main weapon and a sidearm to choose from.

The game has an auto team mode so everything is balanced and the games we were playing last night were faction battles. The ISA and Helghast face off against each other and the server is set to rotate the game play modes selected. Basically the server has 6 game modes (or less if the host chooses) and as the factions battle it cycles through the modes until one faction or the other wins.

Very cool stuff, if your faction wins you get a multiplier bonus to your XP...nice touch that.

More details soon, but I am loving this game, as much as I loved the 8 player co-op in Resistance 2.

Friday, November 07, 2008

I.am.speechless



Ok, maybe not...Holy FUCK, Burnout Paradise was cool before, but now they are adding their version of the Deloreon from back to the Future and L3 makes it HOVER!!!

Sweet Jeebus I am buying that and a Huey Lewis CD the day it comes out and playing the shit out of the game again with this car and this car only...
Lets have a little chat about technology shall we? Hmm? Sounds good.

I am hopelessly addicted to technology, not quite as bad as I am addicted to video games. But it is a close one.

My big passion is my mobile phone. Up to about 3 or so years ago I was content with standard cell phones, but then I decided if I get something I want it to be a little different, a little out there. So I ended up getting a Motorola V80:

It was great, I imported it from Europe via Ebay (not available in North America), it had lights around the band depending on who called, it swivelled, it was hip. The issue was the really bad camera, the poor reception, limited bands and minimal functionality.

A couple of years later I was bored so I amazingly sold the V80 for $150 on Ebay (fairly unique phone remember) and upgraded to a Motorola Rizr:


Again this is a European phone, I have never seen another one in Canada. It has a great slide, feel (it's almost textured), form factor, camera and some great apps and functionality...but now nearly a year later I am getting the itch again.

The real advancements we are seeing lately are in Smart Phones. The iPhone, Google phone, Blackberry Bold...I don't know if I really want/need a smart phone, but the really cool ones are that type.

I already have a Laptop, newish iPaq, PSP and DS...how much more portable computing do I need? I know I will not be getting iPhone, way too generic, I don't like what everyone else has...any ideas out there for well positioned, cool, functional phones on the market? Ebay is my friend so Europe or North American matters not.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008



WOOT! Just when I heaved a sad sigh while deleting the Resistance 2 Beta off my PS3 I get the Beta invite for Killzone 2. I had recently talked about this game, which is due in february, as something exciting to look forward to.

Sheesh, I just downloaded the CoD: World at War Beta on my X360, now I need to split time between two Betas and the MANY games I was weak enough to buy...sigh...Good problem to have, but man am I tired...

Friday, October 31, 2008

I have mentioned I am weak right? Once or twice? Right?

Sigh:



I knew I was getting it, in fact I had originally pre-ordered it from the one Gamestop in my city (I live in Canada) and when I found out Future Shop had the Nariko pre-order costume I jumped ship.

For some reason Future Shop only got the game today I rushed out got it and and I eagerly opened it. I also grabbed my pre-order code I got a while ago and went to redeem it. When removing the privacy seal on the back to see my code it ripped and destroyed the code!!!



I have e-mailed Media Molecule to see if they can get me a new code...I will try Sony after that...crap on a stick....

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fallout 3 = Win as far as I am concerned. Started the game last night and I have to say it is really fun...I absolutely hated Oblivion...but the SPECIAL system and a post-apocalyptic world make all the difference.

Same crappy animation and facial expressions...but at least the faces look WAY better, I always found Oblivion characters looked...umm...mentally challenged...



Fallout 3 is a MUCH better looking game, some tearing and graphical glitches, but by and large the characters and environments are leaps and bounds better then Oblivion. The atmosphere is very much Fallout even if the gameplay isn't, it is still very fun, but I do miss my isometric grid based goodness. The VATS is awesome and all, but the strategy level is much lower without true action points controlling everything.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Have I mentioned how very, very weak I am? Seriously, in the past few weeks I have gotten Tales of Vesperia, Penny Arcade Episode 1, Fable 2, Dead Space and Little Big Planet not to mention that I am in the Resistance 2 Beta and all the other games I have no time to play! Oh and my new Nintendo DS which somehow has 35+ games on hand and ready to play...

Sigh, I am a weak, weak man...but it is an amazing time to be a gamer
Speaking of Resistance 2! I am currently REALLY enjoying the Resistance 2 Beta and I have to say the 8 player co-op is fan-fucking-tastic!

They have structured everything around goals to achieve a mission such as:

1 - Stop incoming forces
2 - Turn off teleporters
3 - deactivate power source
4 - eliminate stalker to move on
5 - Activate Beacon
6 - Secure landing zone

These are just examples, but as you play you really need to work as a team. The soldier class can raise a shield that people can huddle behind as they fire, the medic can heal groups, but both need ammo from the spec-ops in order to use these specials. If you are not tanking and providing cover and the other is not providing ammo and headshots and the medic is not healing you WILL fail.

This is a mode that demands a proper headset (and there are issues with this I will discuss tomorrow) to play properly and I am thoroughly impressed at how they have made teamwork essential.

Monday, October 27, 2008

With Resistance 2 coming soon I had almost forgotten about Killzone 2:


This looks like the Gears of War killer for the PS3, color me excited!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hmmmm.....



Very sexy, I am a huge sucker for flight sims, especially sci-fi themed ones a la Wing Commander, Freelancer and Darkstar One. If Microsoft (or Sony who had the great Colony Wars series) were to release a current gen console variant on this theme I would be there in a heartbeat and would own this combat stick.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Coolest. PS3. EVER!

Most expensive too! It is being auctioned on EBay with 15% of the proceeds going to Child's Play. The PS3 is so cool it gave series create Hideo Kojima O face when he autographed it. Seriously check the link, it comes with a boatload of extras and a custom carrying case. If I was rich this would be mine no matter the cost. Bidding is over $2500 already (the PS3 it is based on costs $399)




If you haven't picked up Dead Space, then really you are not a true gamer. This internal EA developed game, yes internally developed!) is a true marvel and one of the best gaming experiences in years. Many, many aspects of the game need to be mentioned:
  • The look is just right, the graphics are stunning and effective in showing this advanced yet industrial ship. There are sharps contrasts from the professional decks to the mining deck that are perfect.
  • Atmosphere is amazing, from dust motes in the air, to the mineral bits floating near asteroids to the lack of external noise when in a vacuum to the little noises and sounds that are ALWAYS occurring. Many high profile movies don't handle ambient noise this well, a huge part of the tension is the audio and they nailed it.
  • No HUD, seriously this is one of the best parts of the game. Your health and stasis powered is measured in tools on your rig using great lighting effects. The ammo, missions and communications all appear as holograms in front of you (broadcast by your rig). They move with you and immerse you completely in the game.
  • The scenario is deliciously creepy, part system shock, part Aliens, part zombie movie and all good.
  • Have I mentioned it is amazing to look at? Nary a frame rate issue, speedy load times and NO install to the HDD!!!
Seriously...get this game, you won't regret it.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I have to say Remote play is by far one of the coolest features on the PS3/PSP, if you own a PSP as well there is a ton you can do.

I watch movies streamed from my PS3, play Bionic Commando and PixelJunk games a lot...and stumbled on this...Lego Batman PS3 is remote play capable!!

By the Jeebus I was surprised as hell...pictures attached. This is a great game and I love that I can play on the can, in my bedroom, while the kids are watching their kiddie show crap...tho' I do like Sponegbob...



I am so weak....sigh...I will give my impressions in a few days...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Coolest Cosplay Ever...and a seriously hot girl to boot!



Comparison picture:

Friday, October 10, 2008

Sigh, update to my Earlier post about the Sonic RPG.

No one seems to know if this is a good game or not. IGN gives it a 6.5 out of 10, 1up gives it an A, Videogamer gives it an 80%

Man, the ratings go from 60% up to 95%, this is retarded....
Article Update, figured I would post the recent articles I have written for BlogCritics recently:

Playstation 3 Review: Mercenaries 2: World in FlamesMercenaries 2: World in Flames is as deep as a Michael Bay film, but blowing things up is so much fun.

TV Review: Dexter Season Three Preview
The first few episodes of the third season of Dexter show us it is good to be bad.

TV Recap: Dexter - "Our Father"
A great premiere episode for the third season of Dexter. Much is changing, can Dexter keep up?

TV Recap: Dexter - "Finding Freebo"
Another great episode of Dexter with a twist at the end that will have you at the edge of your seat.

Blu-ray Review: Heroes Season 2
We get the Blu-ray treatment with great extras and audio to balance out an average season.
Man, you know how some Movie trailers really make you want to go see it? Well game trailers are starting to get to that level at times. I have been quite interested in the new Prince of Persia game based on the art style, one on one combat and team work aspects. This new trailer actually gave me shivers...the music, style and Icoesque vibe make me want to play it now!



Other game companies have done similarly great trailers. Uncharted's Massive attack trailer is amazing as well. I have played the game THREE times yet I have watched this trailer at least 10 times. Atmosphere, style and a look and sound that compliments your game goes a long way my friends.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

This is absolutely the most amazing thing i have ever seen, I am actually giddy, Nariko, Kratos, Spaceman, potential Disney characters and now this?

This game is not only fun it is a pop culture phenomenon and will be the biggest game on the PS3 this year...maybe the biggest game all year? I dunno, but the fun factor, community aspects, originality and replayability is simply staggering.


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Grrr, I don't know what to do. See I am a huge RPG fan, and a huge Bioware fan (natch). I am also a new convert to the Nintendo DS platform and I am loving that little black sex machine!

The conundrum I am facing is the game Sonic: The Dark Brotherhood. It is Sonic, which I have learned to despise. It is Bioware created, which I adore. Sonic can't possibly have a decent story which is key to an RPG, Bioware has a knack for creating great stories out of nowhere (Knights of the Old Republic anyone?).

Hmm, I am waiting for some reviews to surface before I decide, but I imagine I will get this game...any opinions out there?

At least it looks good:

Monday, October 06, 2008

So I managed to get a LittleBigPlanet Beta key via the most recent giveaway on the Playstation Blog and lemme tell you this game is awesome. The tutorial is EXCELLENT if a little slow paced at times. But it does it's job in scaling up your knowledge about the gameplay ideas and options.


Once you dig into the level creator things get really crazy. Every option has a tutorial you can view or not which details everything you need to know to create levels. The amount of options are almost staggering. One thing I would love to see is a way to export your part lists to a document you could print on another system, maybe a webpage or an html file or something.

I could easily picture myself leaning over my desk and designing levels in the same way I design networks, look at the parts, fit them together and make a proper design. As it stands I will probably build a spreadsheet with all the parts I have and work from that (no joke).

I am really hoping we end up seeing a LBP database (similar to WOW's Thotbot and others) that allows you to add your list of parts so you can track the standard ones. Created objects are not as easy, but you could track those on your own.

Anyway, I am hoping to have some levels up in the next week, check for PSN id Jer1chO, hopefully there will be something for you to enjoy!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Wee, so I am a dork, not only do I have an Xbox 360, a PS3, a PSP Slim and Lite, but I am now about to purchase a Nintendo DS Lite..in Black,...natch.



Through the wonders of Kijiji, I am getting it for $115 including a carrying case, charger and Zelda Phantom Hourglass.

So I already have more games then I can possibly play...but I must get the following for the DS:

-The World Ends with you
-New Super Mario Bros
-Sonic Dark Brotherhood
-Final Fantasy Tactics A2
-Proffesor Layton

Anything else??

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I am a huge fan of Burnout Paradise, in particular the extensive and free expansions we are seeing for the game, in particular the Cagney Pack and the Burnout Bikes (Davis)pack.

The one feature that I have been waiting for is the addition of trophies, well it is finally live today! Some really cool trophies and a boatload of them too boot.

The only issue? They are not retroactive...sigh...you need a new saved game to use trophies, and looking at the list I have unlocked 25 trophies...at least....

Oh well, I have not tried the Bikes pack yet, here is an excuse to dig back in again with a passion.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Damn! I never fell for the iPhone hype as I knew the phone would be crippled by Apples desire to control every aspect and it's reliance on the iTunes service (which I hate with a passion, DRM is evil).

Google just announced the T-Mobile G1 phone and I have to say it looks sweet...more open source, a full keyboard and touch screen. If it ever comes to Canada I think I am hooked.

Screen
The G1 sports a 3.17" 65K colour touchscreen that runs in HVGA (480×320) resolution.

Battery Life
You can talk for 5 hours, or keep the phone in standby for 130 hours.

Camera
3.1MP, or right around 35mm 4x6 print quality.

Frequency Fun
GSM/GPRS/EDGE/Wi-Fi and UMTS/HSDPA
850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100Mhz

Dimensions
11.7 x 5.49 x 1.6 cm; Weight: 159 grams. And available in white, black and brown.

Storage
1GB MicroSD card preinstalled. Supports 8GB MicroSD.

GPS
Of course, what would Google Maps be without it?

Google Maps
As we've seen in a recent update, the G1's Maps application will integrate Street View so you can see where you are going. But in an industry first, a built-in compass orients the map to your position. North is always up!

Android Market
Similar to the iPhone's mobile App Store, the Android Market will allow downloading of various Android apps from the phone, to the phone.

Amazon MP3 Store
Amazon's MP3 store will be preloaded on every G1, allowing the download of 6 million DRM-free tracks with singles starting at 89 cents. Downloading music requires a Wi-Fi connection, previewing can be done over T-Mobile's network.

YouTube
Yup, it's on there.

Other Apps
ShopSavvy: designed to help people do comparative shopping
Ecorio: developed to help people keep track of their daily travels and view what their carbon footprint looks like
BreadCrumbz: enables people to create a step-by-step visual map using photos; customers can create their own routes, share them with friends or with the world

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lego Batman comes out today and am I ever looking forward to it. I have a 7 year old son (let's call him Mini-J) and he is a huge Batman, Lego and the videogame lego series fan.

He (on his own) has finished Lego Star Wars 1 & 2 (unlocked all characters manually, no cheats) as well as Lego Indiana Jones. I love these games for their co-op, their simple yet deep gameplay and the pure charm.

Plus I am a monster huge Batman fan, seriously, ask me anything about Batman (comics or movies) and I have it covered.

Impressions in the next day or so.

Monday, September 22, 2008

I am playing through Mercenaries 2 so I can complete a review for Blogcritics and in general I am enjoying the game. The graphics are both breathtaking and craptacular at times, but everything (and I mean everything) can be blowed up and that is awesome...sorry...Awesome (with a capital A).

But what is MUCH more impressive is the drop in/out co-op. Yes we have had that before...wait NO we haven't. While playing through my SINGLE player campaign I accepted a mission and 'bloop' someone joined my game, we completed the mission, both got paid...'bloop' he left the game. I was stunned, this was a true breakthrough in gaming, no extra setup, no invites (although you can do that), just people joining and helping.

I gotta say it was awesome...check Blogcritics in the near future for the full review!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Dear fing God I love everything I have seen from C&C Red Alert 3. Small things even like them delaying George Takei's speech from his lip movements to look like he is dubbing himself to bigger things like the awesome cast they have assembled.

This video just clinched day 1 purchase status for me:

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Kay, so I am writing a preview and reviews for the upcoming season of Dexter. And sweet baby Jesus is this a fantastic show. I have four episodes and I have smiled, laughed, been nervous, tense as hell, expectant and appalled.

This is some of the best TV around and shows like this, Weeds and Californication are helping Showtime give HBO a run for its money.

Jeebus I love what I do.

Keep your eyes peeled to the blogcritics site for the preview and reviews posted the morning after the episodes air.


So Rock Band 2 has come out for the Xbox 360, it isn't coming out for the PS3 till Oct. 19th for the PS3. That hurts, but I think I will get the 360 version anyway because I have more friends on Live to play it with then on PSN. My big dilemma is what rhythm game bundle to buy as I don't own Rock Band 1 yet. The Guitar Hero: World Tour set seems to have superior drums and I like the GH guitar better (last gens at least).

My plan is to buy the better set (based on drums) and then just buy the disc version of the other game. So do I wait till Oct. 26th and buy Guitar Hero: World Tour or buy Rock Band 2 right now? Decisions, decisions....

Guitar Hero: World Tour Drums:


Rock Band 2 Drums:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wow, just happened to be in Rogers Video (think cable company video store if you are in another country then Canada) and I found crazy good deals on some quality PSP games.

D & D Tactics for $6.99 - Average game, but I am a D&D and a tactical game fan
Metal Gear Ac!d 2 for $6.99 - Loved the first one and thi sis more of the great same, no 3d glasses though =-(
Sid Meiers Pirates! for $10.79 - WOOT! Have been looking at this for a while and could not find it used at EB games...

Grand total after tax? 27.65!!! I am stoked, can't wait to play these games

Monday, September 15, 2008

Huzzah!!! After what seems like an eternity of waiting Wipeout HD is being released September 25th! Next week! Can I get a what what!!

Not only does this game support full 1080p drop dead gorgeous visuals, amazing music, trophies and in game music it is the ludicrously low price of $20! Yes the cost of two trips to the local chinese buffet (yes the one with the amazing and horrible for you deep fried won tons in garlic sauce) you can own this awesome title.
  • Full HD Visuals
  • 5 Game Modes - Single Race, Tournament, Time Trial, Speed Lap and Zone Mode
  • Online play that supports up to 8 racers competing on a track at a time
  • 2-player split screen (horizontally and vertically) offline
  • 8 reversible tracks and 12 teams
  • Optional use of SIXAXIS motion controls to steer your ship
  • A great soundtrack remixed in Dolby 5.1 AND the option for custom playlists that allow you to race to whatever playlists you have on your HDD
  • And more, including Trophy support
Let's take the SUXAXIS support off the list and that is pure gold (writing SUXAXIS was a typo, but it works so I left it). Seriously, one of the best things about Wipeout is the music if you are a techno/electronica fan (like moi!) and hearing it in Dolby 5.1...glee!

Check out the image and video, this is a must have!



Okay, any other game but the one called World of Warcraft would have called the upcoming patch a .5 or a .0 like 3.5 or 4.0, but no, this is patch 3.02! .02 for gimminys sake! Seriously, rebuild of the talent tree, stormwind harbour, achievements, sweeping improvements to all the classes (including some tasty ones for my hunter).

People wonder why WoW is the king and why it is impossible to compete with them unless you are Blizzard. Incremental patches like this point to the GIANT dedicated team they have working on the game. It's no wonder they have stated publicly that WoW's success is a lot of work!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Forget 1080p Plasma Displays, forget even cutting edge OLED displays from Sony, in order to have the BEST home theater setup EVA you need this homemade wood paneled LCD projector for your entertainment room!!



Click here to view the ad and more pictures, he is asking 400 dollars!